When we had the opportunity to speak to William Ho, the creative director of EA Sports NHL, we had one very important question to ask him.
“Can you play as Gritty in NHL20?”
His response: “You can.”
Gritty is indeed a playable character in the latest edition of EA Sports’ NHL video game franchise, which was released on Friday for PS4 and Xbox One.
The Flyers’ furry, funny, and feisty mascot can be selected when playing in Ones or Threes mode.
“We have Ones, which is an off-line version, where you and two other buddies can sit on your couch and play free-for-all pond hockey. We have a number of NHL stars, alumni players, and mascots that you can unlock with this mode and one of them is Gritty. So you can play as Gritty against other mascots, against current starts (sic) like Auston Matthews, Conor McDavid, legends like Mariou (sic) Lemieux. It’s great, great fun,” Ho said.
Hell yeah. I’m down.
The Action News story goes on to show a screen shot, where Gritty is rated as an 85 overall while the NJ Devil got an 83. The Gritmeister appears to be one of the higher-rated mascots in the game. Perhaps the highest?
I haven’t played an ice hockey video game since I think Mutant League Hockey in 1994, but I might have to pick this up just to roll with Gritty and deliver thumping hits to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.